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Northampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed May 18, 2016

Booked this for two nights through Sarah at Trailfinders for part of my great ocean rd drive,welcomed by the owner and had a rm off the main bungalow room was fantastic lounge area was perfect ,breakfast informal and very good, staff amazing wildlife out of this world kangaroo's at dawn and dusk ,a Koala wandering across the paddock during the...

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed April 10, 2016

We were initially disappointed to find we were not in the town but that was short lived. The location and views were fantastic. The accommodation was excellent and the welcome very warm. Lots of kangaroos when we came back each evening. A good find

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Reviewed March 29, 2016

We didn't have GPS on any of our journeys, but had directions from tour company of how to find this place, it is right up in the mountains, we did wonder where we were going as road was very narrow and bendy, as well as raining and foggy. A tip there is no restaurant here for evening meal, so either...

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1Thank Karen W
Hertfordshire
Reviewed March 29, 2016

It's set about 5 kms up a windy track and well worth getting to. Stunning views all round and dozens of wild kangaroos at sunset and dawn. Although there is no restaurant and it's a bit of a drive back to Apollo Gap, you can request a pizza or cheese platter from the charming manager.

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
Reviewed March 16, 2016

We chose a little studio apartment with a breathtaking view. Lovely hostess Cornelia and her daughter made us so welcome. The house and grounds are gorgeous and of all the places we have stayed over the years in Australia, this was our favourite. Frustrating we could only stay a night!

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Middlesex, UK
Reviewed March 1, 2016

This b&b/cottages are 5km up a gravel road and the setting is beautiful. On arrival we rang the doorbell, nothing happened, we rang a second time and the lady of the house appeared and said 'you found the bell then?' Not exactly a warm welcome. After talking us into booking a restaurant because it 'would be a busy night', we...

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Holyhead, United Kingdom
Reviewed February 27, 2016

Don't be put off by the long, long track up to this place; you do eventually get there. The views are spectacular. We were up just before dawn and the sunrise was amazing - all in the company of the 2 resident kangaroos! A word of advice - stop off before you start your ascent to buy some snacks and...

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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
Reviewed January 31, 2016

This retreat is some 5km from Apollo Bay and access is via a twisting road up the Otway National Park. The drive can be a bit hairy for some, but we enjoyed it and the views from the top were well worth it. Our hostess met us on arrival, was very pleasant and also gave us some great tips about...

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ClaerwenRetreat, Owner at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed experiencing Claerwen Retreat.

Surrey
Reviewed January 17, 2016 via mobile

Arrived early evening and shown a tastefully decorated room. The bathroom was excellent with a good shower, but unfortunately at peak time in evening, hot water ran out necessitating a short wait. I understand it can be difficult getting water so high up, but it should have been mentioned that it could happen. Yes a fridge would have been nice...

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Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the experience.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Reviewed December 21, 2015

We drove all the way up- Claerwen retreat is a secluded spot quite high up-It takes at least 30mins to reach the main road and it does not a great view of Great ocean compared to other places I have stayed at in the surroundings like Viewpoint and B and B. It is very run down with the outdoor pool...

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ClaerwenRetreat, Owner at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

We are sorry you did not enjoy your stay, I remember your disappointment when we could not give you the desired upgrade into a cottage, because we were booked out. However, your review mentions a few aspects that are seriously incorrect. We are a 30 minutes WALKING distance from town. When you drive very slow, it takes no more than...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Claerwen Retreat is located "high above the world" overlooking the Great Ocean Road. It is the highest point in the area, an old aboriginal sacred site, with stunning ocean views. It offers a holiday experience with a difference that is focused on relaxation, self-discovery and personal growth. We support this process in an environment of peaceful solitude, healing nature and luxurious accommodation. Its guesthouse, two cottages and meeting centre are nestled in 130 acres of park, rainforest and fern gullies. The property has a outdoor pool, spa and tennis court. The beach is ten minutes away. It is a place where your spirit can rest. Claerwen is an ideal base for tours along Victoria's dramatic west coast. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Claerwen Retreat

Address: Tuxion Rd., Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Apollo Bay
Price Range: $99 - $420 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Claerwen Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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See which rooms travelers prefer

“Any room.just get here.”
 of 5 bubbles 16nevilleb, May 18, 2016 | Read review
“All rooms were good, also has a couple of apartments detached from the main building”
 of 5 bubbles KarenW654, Mar 29, 2016 | Read review
“Great choice of studios, cottages and suites in the B and B at different prices”
 of 5 bubbles HelenM149, Mar 16, 2016 | Read review
“All rooms were the same, but there are separate chalets to book.”
 of 5 bubbles IfanMorus, Feb 27, 2016 | Read review
“I doubt there is any good room try the private bungalow maybe”
 of 5 bubbles MedR872, Dec 21, 2015 | Read review
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